Archive: September 2009

'Family Guy' Satirizes Post Political Cartooning -- But Toles Truly Makes Us Laff

Because we here at Comic Riffs are absolute Pavlovian suckers for anything in pop culture that combines the words "Washington Post" and "cartoon," we laughed at this "Family Guy" aside over the weekend -- even if it bears no...

By Michael Cavna | September 30, 2009; 5:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Does 'Cul de Sac' Feel Right at Home? Time to Defend That 'Toon

Once again, it's time to Defend...That...'Toon: CUL DE SAC: (UPS)Enlarge Comic Some comic characters, you can read for seeming eons and they never, ever draw nearer to your heart. Then, at the other end of the aortic spectrum, are...

By Michael Cavna | September 30, 2009; 9:15 AM ET | Comments (31)

The 'Riffs Picks: Tuesday's Cartoon Highlights (Convention Edition)

THE MORNING LINE: From sparkling debuts to stellar legends, here are today's 'Riffs Picks for Cartoon Highlights(Special Convention Edition), culled from both personal appearances and the mighty mighty Web... 5. "RAT" PACK: At the Small Press Expo in Bethesda,...

By Michael Cavna | September 29, 2009; 7:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

'Riffs Picks: Rall to Raina--Highlights From This Year's SPX

Fantagraphics to the left of me! Top Shelf to the right of me! From friends to roamin' fans to cartoonists, the Small Press Expo (SPX) event over the weekend in Bethesda, Md., was thick was enthusiasm and talent --...

By Michael Cavna | September 28, 2009; 4:05 PM ET | Comments (1)

Tonight's 'Cleveland Show' Debut Marks McFarlane's Domination

"THE CLEVELAND SHOW" TRAILER: Fox TV bills its new Sunday night lineup as Animation Domination, but tonight's debut of "The Cleveland Show" more truly marks a new phase: McFarlane Domination. And tonight's premiere (update: to view the full episode,...

By Michael Cavna | September 27, 2009; 3:05 PM ET | Comments (9)

'Cul de Sac' Migrates & Cavna Hits the 'Town'

A meta-post heads-up, since I'd be remiss not to mention it... Comic Riffs has occasionally posted its personal cartoons both fresh and archived on this site, but beginning this weekend, my art will also appear biweekly in the newly...

By Michael Cavna | September 25, 2009; 5:40 PM ET | Comments (15)

From Spiders to 'Surrogates': Our Five Fave Cartoons This Minute

THE MORNING LINE: From arachnids to avatars, here are our five fave cartoons for the day, culled from across the mighty mighty Web... 5. THE MIGHTY COMIC HAS CRAPPED OUT: Some syndicated cartoonists tell Comic Riffs they can't use...

By Michael Cavna | September 25, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (5)

From Tom DeLay to Mickey Mouse, Our Five Fave Cartoons This Minute...

THE MORNING QUICKIE: From Tom DeLay's cha-cha to Steamboat Willie's whistle, here are our fave five cartoons this minute, culled from across the mighty mighty Web... 5. DANCE AS A BIPARTISAN THREAT: With all the verbal gusto of Judge...

By Michael Cavna | September 24, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (7)

The Riffs Interview: Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz Dives Headlong Into Being a Comic-Book Creator

Led by Pete Wentz's efforts, Fall Out Boy launches its new comic-book series. (Image Comics) It's a bleak, futuristic setting. Forces of authority are trying to control the development of machines. And in this illustrated tale, a toymaker scientist...

By Michael Cavna | September 23, 2009; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (1)

Morning Quickie: Presidents Garfield to Obama, Our Five Fave Cartoons This Minute...

THE MORNING LINE: Our five favorite cartoons this moment, culled from across the mighty mighty Web... 5. TV AS Rx: CNN! CBS! Oxygen? To peddle his health-care reform plan, President Obama is visiting more networks than Emmys host Neil Patrick...

By Michael Cavna | September 23, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

New Album Cover Art: Tom Tomorrow (Pearl Jam) Joins Some Select Company

Pearl Jam's "Backspacer." (AP Photo/MonkeyWrench Records) At the recommendation of new Post pop-music critic Chris Richards, I'll get around soon to listening to all of "Backspacer," the Pearl Jam CD that drops/lands/arrives/roars-toward-consumers today (here's Chris's review). Thing is, at...

By Michael Cavna | September 22, 2009; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (4)

Staff Recommendations: The Fave-Five Cartoons to Start Your Day With

THE MORNING LINE: From flood zones to low-fi headphones, here are today's Fave Five Cartoons from across the mighty mighty Web... 5. In today's Atlanta Journal Constitution, MIKE LUCKOVICH offers a little (comic) relief to his fellow Georgians weathering...

By Michael Cavna | September 22, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Puzzled? What Comics-Page Question Do You Have for The Post?

'FRAZZ' (UFS)Enlarge Image It's a simple question, really: Do you like "Slylock Fox" -- or other such one-off comics-page features -- fraternizing with your "Fox Trot"? Riffs reader kilby raises a good point this week, questioning the necessity as...

By Michael Cavna | September 21, 2009; 11:01 AM ET | Comments (22)

Fave Five: The Cartoons Now Catching Our Eye

From all across the mighty web, here's the Official Comic Riffs Fave Five Cartoons list right now... 5. In a mere three panels and four balloons, this strip from Saturday pulled off the trifecta: It made me (1) laugh...

By Michael Cavna | September 21, 2009; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

The 'Riffs Interview: 'SNL's' Bill Hader Embraces His Inner Nerd for 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs'

(Sony Pictures Animation) Bill Hader say his voice was "nerdy enough" to be cast as the lead voice in "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs." [ NOTE: Updated Sunday with new video.] I've got two things to declare upfront...

By The Reliable Source | September 20, 2009; 6:20 PM ET | Comments (4)

Hot Links: Our Fave Five Cartoons This Minute...

THE MORNING LINE: From bicuspid love to real political teeth, a hot-link roundup of our fave five toons right now... The rapper and the scrapper! The goader and the Taylor Swift-boater! The twin antagonizers turned apologizers! Yes, Kanye West and...

By Michael Cavna | September 17, 2009; 7:15 AM ET | Comments (6)

Is It Time to Bottle 'Blondie'? Now's Your Chance to Defend That 'Toon

Time, once again, to Defend...That...'Toon... 'BLONDIE' (KFS)Enlarge Image Blondie walks among us so gracefully, always quipping and catering, that it's easy to forget one fact: She's a zombie. All the undead should be so well preserved. "Zombie strips" -- those...

By Michael Cavna | September 16, 2009; 8:05 AM ET | Comments (25)

The Possible Dream: Desperately Seeking a New LOL Strip

I have a dream, and it's quite a modest dream, really. Nothing grand, not now. These are humbling times, and so I scale my wishes accordingly. I have a bright shining hope for the comics page, and it is...

By Michael Cavna | September 15, 2009; 1:20 PM ET | Comments (19)

Love 'Em to Death: Which of These New Films Tops Your Wish List?

After viewing footage of so many vampires and zombies and wounded surrogates (oh my) -- much of it at San Diego Comic-Con -- only two words come to mind when surveying the upcoming slate of fanboy-courting flicks: Bloody hell....

By Michael Cavna | September 15, 2009; 9:10 AM ET | Comments (6)

From Serena to Ringo: When Pop Culture Cracks the Political Arena

DAVID FITZSIMMONS, Arizona Daily Star: See Cartoons by Cartoon by David Fitzsimmons - Courtesy of Politicalcartoons.com - Email this Cartoon Some days, even political cartoonists decide to ditch politics. There are times when the pop culture landscape is so...

By Michael Cavna | September 14, 2009; 12:10 PM ET | Comments (2)

9/11 Gallery: More Top Cartoonists Pay Their Respects

(NOTE: This gallery was updated with additional cartoons Friday afternoon.) In the days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, cartoonists turned to many of the same iconic images: a mournful Statue of Liberty. A single-teardropped American eagle. And then...

By Michael Cavna | September 11, 2009; 5:40 PM ET | Comments (7)

You Need a Good Obama Cartoon? You Lie!

THE MORNING LINE: FIVE THINGS 'RIFFS MOST CARES ABOUT THIS MINUTE... See Cartoons by Cartoon by Nate Beeler - Courtesy of Politicalcartoons.com - Email this Cartoon 1. "YOU LIE" -- WE FORAGE: The School Speech to the Health-Care Speech, Obama's...

By Michael Cavna | September 10, 2009; 11:05 AM ET | Comments (4)

The Riffs Interview: Tim Burton & Jennifer Connelly Were Deeply Drawn to the Beguiling '9'

As a brilliant animator himself for the better part of three decades, off and on, TIM BURTON is not easily impressed by new talent. So when he decided to back turning Shane Acker's Oscar-nominated student short into a feature...

By Michael Cavna | September 9, 2009; 9:09 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Riffs Interview: Mila Kunis ('Extract' & 'Family Guy') Succeeds Through Genre-Hopping

Before getting to the Q&A portion of this post, there are Twelve Things you should know in advance about starlet/actress/voice actor MILA MARKOVNA KUNIS. In no particular order: 1. She is quick. A verbal Federer, she often anticipates with...

By Michael Cavna | September 4, 2009; 2:20 PM ET | Comments (10)

How Do You Read 'Em? The Comics Reader Personality Test

'GARFIELD' (UPS)Enlarge Image It was the damnedest thing I'd seen in weeks. My buddy, an avid comics-page fan, was reading the funnypages from right to left. I don't mean the individual strips -- I mean the actual pages. "Have...

By Michael Cavna | September 3, 2009; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (21)

The Super-8 List: The Coolest Marvel-Disney Mashup Cartoons

If Disney can tap even half the creativity that went into creating Disney/Marvel mashup art the whole wide world (web) over, then the House of Mouse studios will be a magical place indeed. PhotoShop, Google Images and comic-book collections...

By Michael Cavna | September 2, 2009; 8:05 AM ET | Comments (3)

The 'Riffs Interview: Stan Lee Sizes Up the Disney-Marvel Deal

Stan Lee (AP)Enlarge Comic The phone rang at about 6 a.m., West Coast time. It's not every morning that the chairman of Walt Disney Studios calls you so close to dawn, even if you're Stan Lee. The executive, Richard...

By Michael Cavna | September 1, 2009; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (7)

 
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